About Us

 

The Regency Period, strictly defined as Britain during the years 1811–1820, was a fascinating time. The plethora of events, fashion, the larger-than-life aristocrats who peopled the ton (Society), as well as their moral (and immoral) behavior is an ideal time for the historical romance writer to place characters. The Beau Monde, a specialty chapter of the Romance Writers of America®, is a community of Regency writers, both published and unpublished, who specialize in the Regency genre.

Jo Ann Ferguson and Kelly Ferjutz began the Beau Monde chapter in 1993 as a special interest chapter devoted to a specific period that attracts members from across the country and abroad. We provide access to our email loop where our members are in constant contact with each other, providing historical information as well as industry information and support to members. The Beau Monde’s web site is an additional resource for members and non-members. The Beau Monde also sponsors email loops for Book in a Week (BIAW) and contest preparation. Our informative Regency Academe presents online classes taught by some of the most respected experts in our time period. (These are also open to non-members.)

Our current membership of 300 includes over 100 published authors. Their novels include both traditional Regencies and historicals set during the Regency period, as well as novels in other genres. Our members have been the proud recipients of many awards, including the Golden Heart (for aspiring writers) and the RITA (for published authors) awards given annually by Romance Writers of America. The Royal Ascot, the chapter’s annual contest, has become well-respected among editors and agents. Half of all Royal Ascot finalists have gone on to sell their manuscripts. In 2002, all three Traditional Regency finalists sold their entries to the editor who judged the contest.

So what is a Regency novel? A traditional Regency focuses primarily on the social strictures of the time period and often is described as a comedy of manners. Traditional Regencies range in tone, but the sexual tension in these books is usually more muted than in other romances. A historical set during the Regency period is almost always longer, and the sexual tension is much more a focus of the story.

  4 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Do you have a brochure for the mini conference? How many members usually attend? How many also attend national?
    Where do most member’s stay this conference. I am considering joining, however these details would greatly help. I am a current RWA member and receive The Regency Reader. I also would like to know what member’s live in Wisconsin, particularly near the Eau Claire area.
    Thank you,
    Danielle

    • Hi Danielle,

      The info page for the mini-conference will be updated again when we have more details finalized, hopefully not too much longer. The basics are there, costs will come when registration is open. The past few years we’ve had around 50-60 attendees with a few more for the soiree only. Most attendees stay at the main conference hotel for RWA Nationals. The mini-conference is a great way to get to meet members and spend the day immersed in the Regency period. Hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      – Kristen Koster
      TBM Communications Director

  2. Is there a way to sell reference books I’ve collected but need to resell?
    Also, I would like to sell Aquatints of Regency period.
    How do I find our member list for WI and Twin Cities areas?
    Thank you

    • Hi Danielle,

      The best place to ask these types of questions is on the Chapter discussion forum on myRWA (login required!): https://www.rwa.org/p/fo/si/topic=129 — you can mention the books and aquatints and ask people to contact you off list if they are interested.

      While we do have a chapter roster (available from the Beau Monde’s Community page on myRWA: https://www.rwa.org/p/co/ly/gid=46), we do not have any sort of list available that lists members by location. My suggestion here would be post to the general discussion list and ask if any members are in the area(s) and if they are comfortable sharing that info, they will.

      Hope that helps. I almost didn’t see this post.

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